Day 491 / Hat 491: Black rubber Batman cowl with yellow and black oval-shaped Batman insignia on front and raised tone-on-tone lettering on back that reads: "TM and Copyright, DC Comics Inc. 1989, All rights reserved."
Donning the bat cowl brought me much joy today -- for several reasons. First and foremost because it was part of the loaner pack sent by Bill Harrison via his son Zachary.
Second, when I went over to pick it up from Zachary yesterday (a trip that also resulted in yesterday's "Fat Elvis" installment) I saw exactly how bat-smitten Zach really is -- his living room wall is covered in all manner of bat-merchandise depicting the Dark Knight in all his brooding glory. It was only after I left that I got thinking about how I had been given temporary custody of a cowl that, based on the date must have been merch flowing from the Tim Burton movie of more than two decades ago. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but I feel I was entrusted with a near sacred object.
Third, since I wanted to make sure I was wearing a black shirt I totally grabbed a T-shirt at random from my drawer, realizing only later that the shirt emblazoned with the skull and crossbones (the words read: "I survived scurvy, smallpox and death at Fort Ticonderoga") gave the old bat-insignia a bit of appropriate Pirate Season flair. (Let's not even get into how eerily similar the whole stately Wayne Manor/Batcave thing is to the house/Garldoge thing ...)
And finally, as I sat here this evening, brooding over plans for a new identity, a bat flew in the window and startled me.
A hat-tip to the dynamic duo of Zachary and Bill.
And to anyone mewling about Ben Affleck's upcoming turn as the Caped Crusader, take a good hard look at the photo above and realize it could be a whole lot worse ...
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